Lawyers for Pamela Anderson are trying to prevent Metro Studios from releasing a potential commercial blockbuster hardcore disc starring the blonde beauty and then-boyfriend Bret Michaels, lead singer for hair band Poison.
Attorneys for the international sex symbol fired off a cease and desist letter to Metro on Friday, demanding the studio not release the 87-minute Pamela Anderson Uncensored, arguing that Anderson “never consented to your commercial use or exploitation of the Pamela Anderson Video, nor did our client consent to your use of her name or likeness for these as well as advertising and promotional purposes.”
“Your unauthorized display and sales of these products and commercial use of our client’s copyrighted work and likeness infringes our client’s exclusive rights in numerous ways, including, but not limited to, common law and statutory copyright infringement,” wrote Anderson attorney Henry W. Holmes, of the Santa Monica, Calif. branch of Greenberg Traurig, LLP.
Metro had no immediate comment.
Anderson’s attorneys also are demanding that Metro turn over to them the footage that forms the basis of Pamela Anderson Uncensored, all copies of the disc and all related promotional materials by next Monday. Failure to do so will be considered willful copyright infringement and will result in litigation and potential “enhanced statutory damages,” Holmes stated.
Metro had been planning to release Pamela Anderson Uncensored on Sept. 7. The footage shot in the 1980s previously has been available on the Internet and was the subject of litigation, but Metro said last week that it had obtained all the necessary legal clearances.
Metro had very high expectations for the commercial potential of Pamela Anderson Uncensored, considering that a similar hardcore release featuring Anderson and former husband, Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, Pam and Tommy Lee: Hardcore and Uncensored from S&D Video/IEG, is one of the biggest adult sellers of all time.